Our Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) course builds upon the knowledge learned in a Level 4/HNC/BA Year 1 course. Having explored current practice with a focus on choreographers, practitioners and techniques, our HND in Dance develops your knowledge learned with practical, performance-based skills and experiences.
You will engage in rehearsals, workshops, demonstrations and performances and in doing so, we build upon your practitioner knowledge, develop your skillset with classes in Jazz Dance, Commercial and Contemporary and creating your own specialist performance. You will have the opportunity to engage with Musical Theatre Dance classes and build on your knowledge of choreographic methods and techniques to ensure you have a diverse range of skills and preparation ready for industry castings, auditions and job requirements.
The Higher National Diploma in Dance involves a research project based on industry trends, allowing you to learn about, research and evaluate what issues are prevalent in the Performing Arts and how you can ensure you hold an informed awareness of the industry. This also provides a fantastic building block for future training/study/education.
The HND year teaches you transferable skills which can cross over into a variety of skillsets and disciplines; Education, Production Management, Producing, Choreographing, as well as other creative industries such as PR, Journalism and Hospitality. With a focus on collaboration across disciplines, tutors and styles, you’ll gain a great level of versatility, relevant to today’s Performing Arts industry.
Our staff members are experienced and qualified teachers, with specialised knowledge to ensure you are prepared for the industry and present yourself as an employable, ready-to-work-hard, resilient and engaged creative.
In a normal, non-COVID19 world, we would require all students across Performing Arts to engage with responsibilities such as Front of House, Ushering, Box Office and Backstage Assistance. In a COVID19 world, we have pressed the pause button on our theatre for now, whilst everyone gets used to the new requirements and measures being taken. This means we can really hone and refine your technique, knowledge and skills and build up to a fantastic 2021 Summer season!
Creative Research Project
Working in the Performing Arts Industry
Jazz Dance 2
Contemporary Dance 2
Commercial Dance 2
Dance for Musical Theatre
Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)
This course leads to...
This course can lead to:
Upgrade to BA Hons Level 6 Top Up in Performing Arts
Place at drama school or vocational college
College generic entry requirements apply to all HE programmes. For this particular programme, the following will apply:
• Relevant level 3 qualification, A-level, BTEC or equivalent in an appropriate discipline
• GCSE English Language at grade C or above or equivalent
• Certificate or Extended diploma at Merit standard, or a minimum of two A-levels at grade C or above.
• Level 4 qualification in a relevant subject area
We also welcome applications from those with relevant experience in lieu of the minimum entry requirements. Non-standard entry to courses will be at the discretion of the programme leader.
All applicants are given the opportunity to attend an audition, date of which is dependent on time of application.
Audition requirements for applicants include:
2 x videos of solo dance performance (contrasting styles)
All applications must include a personal statement.
Alternatively, if applicants are unable to attend, we are happy to view your work online via YouTube link. Interviews can be conducted through Skype or Zoom.
Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.
Why study with us?
Why study with us?
We have an experienced faculty - all holding their own weight as educators, researchers and creative practitioners. We are proud of our high success rates, interesting methods of delivery and assessment and engaging workshop-style sessions. Our faculty have strong links to the creative industry and connect our students and courses with those links, providing opportunities for performance, development and learning as much as we can.
The delivery and assessment methods are contemporary, industry related and provide work-based scenarios close to that which you may experience in the industry. These fundamentals of industry knowledge and level of preparation provide an excellent foundation to your future as a creative practitioner.
Our engaging and facilitative sessions create autonomous, thinking performers and creatives; we encourage you to think about how you can enjoy the learning experience. What sparks your interest? What aspect of performing makes you most passionate? What aspect of the industry makes you intrigued? By asking you these questions, we can help you answer and present them in the research, work and academic writing that you are assessed on. This approach also allows you to build on your potential to succeed both in the industry and in education.
We have a variety of spaces in The Arts Centre; a theatre, rehearsal studios, music studios, HD television studio and new this year, a Video Motion Capture suite, all of which you have the opportunity to utilise. Regarding COVID19, we will be providing some engaging sessions online as well as face-to-face, ensuring that you can also build digital, online and camera skills on top of the training we provide.
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